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Armed Forces (Fines)

Volume 124: debated on Tuesday 15 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what purpose the money paid in fines by members of the armed forces is used.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if, pursuant to the answer of 9 July, he will give for the 81 fines imposed by courts martial for 1985 and for the 46 fines imposed in 1986, the amount of the smallest, the largest and the median fine imposed for each category of offence.

The information requested is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost and effort.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will carry out a sample survey in order to estimate for (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Air Force and (c) the Royal Marines the annual number of fines summarily imposed by commanding officers; and if he will categorise the fines according to the nature of the offence and whether the fine falls into one of the following categories: (i) up to £100, (ii) £101 to £250, (iii) £250 to £500 and (iv) over £500.

The number of summary awards in 1986 for which a fine was the most serious punishment, together with the category of offence involved, are already known. Details are as follows:

Numbers
Army
Total1,889
Offences against person (excluding sexual)76
Sexual offences0
Drug offences1
Offences against property102
Desertion and AWOL175
Drunkenness196
Other offences against discipline1,264
Other offences75
Royal Air Force
Total2,706
Disloyalty/Security offences23
Violence165
Sexual offences4
Drug offences3
Criminal damage/negligent damage139
Theft74
Fraud144
Desertion/AWOL84
Drunkenness222
Disciplinary1,317
Driving and motor vehicle offences509
Other offences22
Royal Marines
Total622
Disloyalty/security offences3
Violence28
Sexual offences
Drug offences
Criminal damage/negligent damage52

Numbers

Theft5
Fraud5
Desertion/AWOL42
Drunkenness21
Disciplinary414
Driving and motor vehicle offences22
Other offences30

Categorisation by size of fine could only be achieved at disproportionate cost.